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Ping pong fun among planes, cars


What's WAAAM It?

It's the first all-ages, all-abilities ping pong tournament in the Gorge -- held at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River.

Hence, the name: WAAAM It!

On March 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., WAAAM is clearing out 10,000-square-feet of hanger space for the tournament, but the remaining 90,000-square-feet is filled with vintage aircraft and autos -- open for you to explore.

In addition, you can nosh on some award-winning pulled pork sandwiches, play some Wii pong (just for the fun of it), participate in a silent auction, and explore a Lifeflight helicopter which will take off (with two lucky raffle winners aboard) in mid-afternoon.

It even looks like there will be an exhibition match by two of the Northwest's amazing top table tennis pros (word is, real players don't call it ping pong).

WAAAM It! is a round robin event, which means everyone has fun and plays at least three rounds (one round is best two out of three games). You play as an individual but for even more fun, organizers have added in a team element. All you need to do is add the name of your school, business, or organization to your registration. (Players from Insitu, Providence, Skyline, Columbia High School, and Trout Lake School are already warming up). Team points are awarded with each individual's win.

Games start at 10:30, so arrive before then to get settled in for a fun afternoon.

Pre-registration is encouraged (same day registration is from 9 to 10:15 a.m.. Spectators welcome anytime.

Registration fee is $20 per adult, $10 per student or $50 per family.

Spectators need only to pay a half-price museum entry fee of $6.

For more information and to register go to or call (509) 637.2602.

WAAAM It! is sponsored by two non-profit Gorge organizations: Skyline Foundation in White Salmon (dedicated to improving health care in the Gorge) and WAAAM in Hood River (a living museum dedicated to the preservation and operation of antique aircraft and automobiles).


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